Program Format: Information/Entertainment
Broadcast Years: 1950-1951 (Mutual)
This series consisted of 15 minute shows, similar in format to Ripley's Believe It Or Not that had aired from 1930 to 1948. It was hosted/narrated by Ken Nordine and was produced by Unusual Features Syndicate. This syndicated series was heard on the Mutual network during 1950 and 1951 on various days and at various times. For example, according to "The Ultimate History of Network Radio Programming and Guide To All Circulating Shows" by Jay Hickerson, it aired on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 PM from April 17, 1950 through June 5, 1951 and on Saturdays at 5:15 PM from June 30, 1951 through December 22, 1951.
Besides the 15-minute shows, another syndication of 3-minute shows was also produced, again hosted by Ken Nordine.
1. "The Ultimate History of Network Radio Programming and Guide To All Circulating Shows", by Jay Hickerson
2. "The Golden Age of Radio", J. David Goldin
3. RadioGLODINdex, J. David Goldin's Old-Time Radio database (http://radiogoldindex.com)
Compiled by Frank Passage, Sept 2004
OTRR Certification Information:
Series Name: Incredible, But True Certification Status: OTRR Certified Complete Certification Date: June 15, 2004 Certification Version: Version 1 Number of CDs: 1
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February 4, 2011 Subject:
Unoriginal, but enjoyable
Sorry about the title, I couldn't resist. While it seems like this show got it's inspiration wholly from Ripley's Believe it or Not, it still manages to be a very enjoyable program. Each episode is very brief and it would be possible to listen to the entire series in one long sitting.
February 10, 2009 Subject:
This is a great series of short 'true' stories. Maybe there's an overuse of dramatical musical 'stings' to emphasise the drama but these are great fun. Each story lasts just over 3 mins.